“I write home a few times during our missions to share with family and friends, this is my last note before I travel home: This week has a little different approach than last week. We are joined by medical students from Texas and have an opportunity to teach as well as provide treatment. We traveled Monday and Tuesday to the villages of Santa Maria De Jesus and Santa Lucia Melos’s Altas high in the mountains. Such beauty encircles us. Guatemala is so green, lush and is a country full of majestic vegetation. The people are so gracious, kind, full of laughter and yet they live a life of significant opposition. I was asked why I don’t write more about the desperation, the insurmountable illnesses and the distress we have encountered, it’s a fair question. Best answer I can give is because of their generosity, their hospitality, tenacity, and perseverance is extraordinary. These virtues eclipse all despair encountered. “Love becomes greater and nobler in calamity”.
I believe what makes my time here in Guatemala so amazing and special also has to do with the people I have been working with. Can I just say STELLAR! Their kindness, their compassion, their care for the needs of others is awe-inspiring. What’s difficult to express or describe in words is the love they exude. Their love is given unconditionally and is insurmountable, their gifts of the Spirit flow out and are inviting like a field of lavender. They personify healing, purity of heart, faithfulness, grace and peace.”